Advice on new Mower for an Irishman

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Airwave, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Posts: 97

    Hi all,

    I am in the market for a new mower, I am based in Ireland but am addicted to this site as it is so informative. I am leaning towards a stander as we do a few tricky accounts with some hills. The problem I have is that unlike over there there are very few dealers in my area and the ones that are here all sell tractor mowers Castelgarden mainly.

    I have so far read through hundreds of threads and I can see that the Wright mower has a good reputation just quality of cut seems to be a slight issue. Grandstand seems to have the better cut and most of the capabilities that the Wright has.

    I am looking to purchase the mower in the US and get my brother to ship it to me who lives in Chicago as he runs a shipping company there. Cost of mowers here is ridiculous and with the positive exchange rate it makes sense.

    Anyway as you can see I write as much as I talk must be an Irish thing lol. I hope someone can steer me in the right direction as i will have no chance to demo the unit so it is a gamble but I want it to be an informed gamble. As usual thank you all for your help in advance.

    Darren
    oh yes you like to know what I own....
    Kioti DK 40 tractor
    Tree spade/Flail Mower/PowerBox Rake lots more ....
    Kubota Diesel Tractor mower
    Couple of Honda walk behinds
    Blower no idea of make but been with me over 4 years now will need to buy a new one soon maybe buy it over there too when I get the Mower...
    Lots of Stihl stuff strimmers, hedge cutters, chain saws
    Truck dont have one lol love to have one just to pricey have a Ford van and a Land Rover Defender 110 great work horse no comfort
    Tree and Shrub 4 acre nursery
    Think that is most if it lol
     
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,427

    I am demoing the basic Wright stander a 52" 23 horse power. It climbs hills I would never believe but going across slopes not as good. The ZK models seem to do better but they are expensive. I have found the cut to be good or slightly abov e average. I cut steeper hills than most so I guess the ability to handle a slope is realatve to what you are used to. I can't imagine a small stander on some of the hills I do. I haven't tested the toro grandstand but the turbo force deck works great most places. I will say I have really enjoyed using the wright stander, nice simple unit
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  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    So far I have only had the opportunity to demo the John Deere Quik-Trak, but will soon be demoing a couple wrights (ZK and RH). I can tell you the Deere is actually a very good mower, even against everyone elses opinions. However, I have heard that wright is more stable on hills than the deere, so it has to have some incredible handling as I was very impressed with the deere on hills. I would probably go with the Deere since it has probably the best cut of any stander.
     
  4. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Posts: 97

    I have found a dealer who may be in my area next week so will be able to demo the Toro Grandstand which would be good to test out. Although dont think I will be buying it from him as it would cost 10,200 dollars for the 19hp 48inch Grandstand compared to 23hp 52inch Grandstand for say about 7200 dollars which is actually even alot less then that as I will be paying in euro. Anyway we shall see how demo goes if I can get to him.
     
  5. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Posts: 97

    Looks like it is my lucky day will get a demo of the Wright stander in 2 weeks. It is the 19hp 48 inch deck Rapid Height cost seems quite reasonable at 8000 Dollars. I shall keeep you posted once I have done my Demo's over here in Ireland. Only thing is that the deck on the Wright stander they use here in Ireland is the rear discharge one. They dont do the side discharge dont know if anyone o here uses the rear?
     
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,427

    A rear discharge unit usually doesn't cut as well as a side discharge unit. The walls, sides, baffles of the deck are what gives it the lift to pull grass up and cut it level. Most people in the U.S. I think that use a rear discharge are in parks, schools, and other places that it would be safer than a side discharge. But let us know how it goes. We have a lot of guys that have a lot of experience with standers on this site and they are learning more about the Toro also.
     
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    the rear wont cut as nice, but you can get a feel for the machine. get a side discharge though if you get a wright. they are very nimble and stout. 8000 dollars is insane high to me, but it varies all over i guess. we can get that mower for about 7
     
  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    wright makes great mowers. they are really good for hills too
     
  9. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Posts: 97

    I figured that the rear discharge would not be so popular over there. I see your point on the deck working better with side discharge. Only worry I have is you can only cut one way as you cant go along a kerb and side discharge all over the drive or walk way. To be honest I would prefer if it was just a complete mulching deck and not worry about any side or rear discharge.
     
  10. Phil G

    Phil G LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 843

    Hi Darren, have you checked out these folk? http://www.st-mach.com/index.php They do Scag mower. You should have gone to the SALTEX show this month in Windsor, a big Toys R Us for garden machinery.

    Good luck with your choice, Phil :ukflag:
     

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